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Merger Proposal

June 2023

Charles Darwin Academy Trust and Inicio Educational Trust are working together to explore potentially merging into a single trust to grow and improve what we offer to our schools. We are inviting thoughts on these proposals between Friday 23 June and Friday 9 July 2023.

The rationale behind the decision to consider joining together includes:

  • Our schools have much in common, share the same values and culture and are committed to building the new trust on these foundations. All our schools are successful and popular, and we highly value each individual school’s unique identity and character.
  • The Department for Education is strongly advising smaller Trusts to grow, as they believe this increases effectiveness and sustainability.
  • Our schools have benefited from working in collaboration within their existing partnerships, and already enjoy a close working relationship. However, combining our experience, expertise and resources would enable an even better range of services to our schools and sustain and advance educational excellence.
  • Our children and young people would achieve and experience even more as part of a larger family of schools.
  • Our staff would benefit from greater opportunities for collaboration and personal and professional development within a larger trust.

Charles Darwin Academy Trust consists of two schools: Biggin Hill Primary School and Charles Darwin School. From 1 September 2023, Inicio Educational Trust will consist of three schools: Bullers Wood School for Boys; Bullers Wood School for Girls; and Chislehurst School for Girls. All five schools are in the London Borough of Bromley. The two trusts are exploring coming together to create a single school trust.

We are now engaging with our communities and inviting any questions and queries before considering next steps, and further information to assist you can be found via the FAQs page.

 

July 2023

Our thanks for the very small number of thoughts and questions contributed by members of our communities during June and July regarding our proposed merger. In response to this we have added additional Q&A to the bottom of our FAQs page. We will now continue working together on exploring next steps, and conducting due diligence.